Jokes are on former Hawaii football player Tumua Tuinei

Former UH safety Tumua Tuinei is the featured comedian in a July 13 show at Honey's Restaurant. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Seven months after his final UH football game, Tumua Tuinei is still delivering cracks.

Tuinei is headlining “Laughing On Da East-Side” on July 13 at Honey’s Restaurant at the Koolau Golf Course. Admission is $10, with the first side-splitter at 8 p.m. James Mane and Shannon Cantan are the opening acts. Tickets are available through

“My mom’s family is from that side,” Tuinei said of Oahu’s East side. “They’re always asking me to try to do a show from there. I figured, I’d try to do a show from there and give them some comedy, some entertainment.”

The event will be video recorded with the intent of submitting it to Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for consideration.

It has been quite a busy schedule for the former Warrior. He has lost count of the number of comedy shows he has performed since joining the circuit two years ago. Last night, he was the opener for Pauly Shore at the Blue Note Hawaii. Shore is an actor and comedian whose mother, Mitzi Shore, co-founded The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Mitzi Shore died in April 2018.

Tuinei’s path from UH football player to entertainer is not unprecedented. Consider:

> Nicky Clark also performed as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. After his UH career as a running back ended, Clark was an assistant sports information director at UH. He eventually moved back to California, but has kept in touch with former Warriors such as Gary Allen and David Toloumu. Clark and former UH track coach Rick Nakashima coordinate the annual bus trip for UH games in Southern California or Las Vegas.

> Greg Cummins is a former punter who went on to act in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Bosch,” among several roles.

> At UH, he was Henry Kaaihue. On the stage, he is Henry Kapono. He does not need a Google search.

> Raphael Ieru was an offensive lineman who now is an accomplished musical artist known as SLiKK. Here’s Beyond Paradise

> It was amazing when former offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli was able to do back flips during player-run practices. Now Letuli amazes with his musical talents.

> Former safety Doe Henderson, along with ex-wideout Gerald Lacey, co-founded Dynasty Records.

> Former wideout Ollie Myrick released a hip-hop tape.

> Before becoming an actor and musician, Nephi Hannemann was a Warrior.

> It’s OK to exhale when Dwayne Johnson is jumping out of moving cars or fighting really, really bad guys. That’s actually his stunt double, Tanoai Reed, rolling for The Rock.

> No Rich Miano and Leonard Peters don’t count as entertainers in their air-conditioner ads, and while John Veneri is entertaining, he might not qualify as an entertainer. But the late Lex Brodie earned enough credits with his “thank you, very much” commercials. And the next time you’re watching a movie with your feet up and your elbows resting comfortably, give thanks to former quarterback Johnny Macon, whose company installed those movie chairs.


  1. Warrior Dave July 7, 2019 3:47 pm

    Glad ST has something on the lighter side to share with us on this Sunday.

  2. H-Man July 7, 2019 5:12 pm

    Agree. Was a nice, light rolling monologue. Can I say monologue when it’s written?

  3. CoachMos24 July 7, 2019 5:41 pm

    The Motor Mouth Mosley Show / Internet sports talk radio

  4. burro sabio July 7, 2019 6:09 pm

    Matt Anoai, son of wrestler Sika Anoai and older brother of Joe Anoai, was on the team for a year or two in the late 1980’s. He later went into the family profession and worked for WWF/WWE, but sadly he also passed away a few years ago.

  5. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2019 8:34 pm

    If you get the chance, check out Tumua’s show. He’s really funny.

  6. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2019 8:36 pm

    I thought Kimo Kahoano’s kid was pretty talented.
    Turns out he’s now a doctor.

  7. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2019 8:38 pm

    I once cornered Kimo, got him on the phone with my wife, and he sang: “Kimo and the crew, suckin’ up the brew …”
    Yep, it was on an Aloha Friday, too.

  8. J-Dog July 7, 2019 9:20 pm

    Raphael IERU

  9. James Moore July 7, 2019 9:30 pm

    Former Warrior Running Back and Linebacker James Moore is the Founder and Curator of the California Sneaker Museum (mobile museum).

  10. BigWave96744 July 7, 2019 9:46 pm

    Back in the day, Ollie Myrick took the Ethnic Studies class “Japanese in Hawaii” because some say he took a liking to the local Japanese girls. He did a rap at an evening class event and little did we know that he would later open at the Blaisdell for some guy Stanley Burrell, better known as “MC Hammer”

    If I recall, Ollie was known as “MC Chub Love”

  11. BigWave96744 July 7, 2019 10:02 pm

    Don’t forget about another Punahou / UH Football player who became a singer & Na Hoku Hanohano award winner: Afatia Thompson

  12. BigWave96744 July 7, 2019 10:11 pm

    Former UH CB Kwamane “Swammie” Bowens left UH to a JC then Texas St before pursuing a career as a Rap/Hip Hop Artist.

  13. BigWave96744 July 7, 2019 10:24 pm

    After retiring from UH, former SB Jason Ferguson pursed a singing career and is now a motivational speaker. Check him out on Facebook or Instagram under “GetHit”. JFerg got some powerful messages and never forgets his roots of his playing days in Hawaii

  14. BigWave96744 July 7, 2019 10:59 pm

    Former Kailua Surfrider and UH Rainbow Oline, Marcus Malepeai, was member of the band “Three Plus”

  15. A-House July 8, 2019 7:13 am

    did, does, will UH football produce more entertainers/comedians/singers-rap artists in the entertainment industry than any other WA or MWC teams?

  16. Kawika July 8, 2019 10:50 am

    The late Mark Tuinei, Marcus Tarver, Burton Coloma, Andrew Moody, among other in the 1982 Episode of Magnum P.I. entitled “One More SUmmer” where Thomas Magnum (former Navy QB) attempts to make a pro team in order to find a killer.

  17. Spidey July 8, 2019 2:02 pm

    Mac’s dad from Always Sunny?

    That’s awesome.

  18. ai-eee-soos July 8, 2019 3:45 pm

    now we know the rest of the story about Cole’s injuries …

  19. islandman July 8, 2019 3:52 pm

    What is the further story on Sanitoa ? What is UH’s responsibility in this ?

  20. ai-eee-soos July 8, 2019 3:54 pm

    Article on Cole, from the Maui News. Hope the link works.

  21. islandman July 8, 2019 6:17 pm

    21. When was that interview done?
    So what it is the full story on what happened with Sanitoa ?

  22. Inyoface July 8, 2019 6:28 pm

    I’m not sure when it was filmed, seems not too long ago. Was released the day after he passed it looks like.

  23. Stephen Tsai July 8, 2019 7:53 pm


  24. Stephen Tsai July 8, 2019 7:55 pm

    James Moore
    I gave you a ride a couple times when we were at UH.
    You were the first person to introduce me to Prince’s music.

  25. Stephen Tsai July 8, 2019 7:56 pm

    Also, Larry Tuileta performed the fireknife with Malu Productions.

  26. Inyoface July 8, 2019 8:06 pm

    Looking to see what Jeremy moussa does this year at riverside. Will transfer to a big college after the season if he does well.

  27. DaveLetterMan July 8, 2019 9:26 pm

    Exciting news from the capital for UH athletics

  28. Stephen Tsai July 9, 2019 9:50 am

    New post:

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